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Eldora Mountain Resort

Projected Opening Day: November 17

47 Miles From Denver

680 Acres of Terrain

21 Miles From Boulder

30% Expert Terrain

“Eldora is My Hill”

That’s what the longtime locals of Denver’s closest downhill ski resort say, even if they shred other places. And by “locals,” we mean anyone from Nederland, near Eldora’s base, or Boulder, 21 miles away, or Denver, just 47 miles away. No matter where you live, if you’ve skied this soulful hill with 680 acres of groomers, glades, steeps, and parks, you feel a sense of small-hill, best-kept-secret pride that Garrison Keillor might employ in a Lake Wobegon sketch.

Worry not: Keillor’s probably headed to one of those big resorts on I-70, which leaves more Eldora for you. Eldora’s motto is “Closer to You,” because this ski area is both physically closer to Denver and Boulder than any other ski area and closer to the lifestyles many locals live.

Want to grab a few quick laps before heading to the office? The new Alpenglow high-speed six-person chair gets you to the top in about four minutes—10 minutes faster than the old chairs it replaced. Eldora is also a family favorite: Parents take their afternoon kindergarteners skiing before their classes start. And on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you’ll see Boulder County’s only high-school ski team, the Nederland Panthers, bashing gates alongside University of Colorado Division 1 racers.

Don’t want to see anyone? That works, too. “On a powder day, I’ll head out to Corona Bowl for short, steep tree lines that really get my heart rate up,” says Shawn Edmondson, Nederland’s middle school ski team coach. “I can ski a few laps before work and feel stoked for the rest of the day.”

Five decades worth of skiers feel the same way, having grown up on Eldora’s iconic local slopes. And now, thanks to energy and investment from owner POWDR Adventure Lifestyle Co., the mountain is entering a new phase this season. Besides the new Alpenglow chair, upgrades include the new expert Gully Glades, free Wi-Fi in both base lodges (remote office, anyone?), a fun “snow beach” area outside of Timbers Lodge, and tasty new menu items like Mediterranean baked potato and apple pecan chicken salad.

But the core of Eldora—its soul—remains the same: friendly, down-to-earth, and close to home, in more ways than one. C’mon up and visit. We bet you’ll dig it.